My clients know I’m good for a comment about how our brains work, how it impacts our relationships’ dynamics. Our heads are our air traffic control towers. Our eyes are the lookout windows. Our personalities are out on the run way: landing, taking off, idling, or sometimes having near collisions with other inbound-outbound people. Our lives are drones, helicopters, puddle-jumper planes, and jumbo jets. We even have the cliche’ baggage in our cargo storage.
Like the photo above, computerized images of our synapses and neurons look like air traffic. Eye-catching as the cover story for the New York Times Magazine in January, an article entitled Mind Games by Gareth Cook gives us fascinating revelations. As Cook writes,
“What could we learn about ourselves by mapping the brain’s vast network of neurons? Maybe everything.”
A sweet-looking and fascinating guy, Cook’s control-tower brain would be intriguing to tour. He is a Pulitzer-Prize journalist, and the quality of his writing entertains as much as it informs. Cook also wrote a good piece called The Dark Side of Happiness and is editor of Scientific American’s Mind Matters neuroscience blog.
Visiting our own brains welcomes in unexpected pleasures. We get a better sense of our back-and-forth motions with others, especially our most important relationships. If it’s infertility or so-called childlessness that is our near-crashing inbound flight with turbulence, then being able to read all the blinking, whirring screens in our heads makes for smooth landings.
In the plane (your life), the light blinks it’s safe to unfasten your seat belt. I can already hear passengers applauding you, the pilot of your life.
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